23 Sep 2010

American Samoa govt proposes a supplemental budget to cover extra expenses

9:57 am on 23 September 2010

The government in American Samoa is proposing a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year to cover expected overruns.

The 4-point-5 million US dollar supplemental was sent last week to the Fono by acting governor.

Faoa Sunia says the funding source is unobligated and unbudgeted revenues for the fiscal year 2010, which ends on September 30.

The supplemental comes a week after Budget Office director, Malemo Tausaga, told lawmakers the government is expecting an overrun of 5 million in the current fiscal year.

That's while government Treasurer Magalei Logovi'i says there is a 7 million surplus to be expected.

The largest amount in the supplemental is $960,000 for the Legislature, whose budget for fiscal year 2009 faced overspending of a just over $1 million.

The next largest supplemental item is 887,000 for the Department of Education whose director told lawmakers that the department was expecting an overrun due to utility expenditures.

Other agencies with overruns including the Governor's Office, Public Safety, Health and the American Samoa Power Authority.